This past Sunday, what is now considered the worst massacre in the 21st century, occurred at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida as 49 people were killed and 53 injured by a man entering the club and opening fire with an assault rifle. This tragedy affected friends and relatives of the victims and moved some of Broadway’s biggest names to come together and raise money/support for the LGBT community. Broadway and Hollywood stars will dedicate their talent to record (cover) 1960’s hit, “What the World Needs Now Is Love” by Jackie DeShannon.
The talent includes a full orchestra and some of the following participants: Sara Bareilles, Roger Bart, Kristen Bell, Wayne Brady, Matthew Broderick, Michael Cerveris, Gloria Estefan, Sutton Foster, Whoopi Goldberg, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Heather Headley, Megan Hilty, Bill Irwin, Carole King, Jane Krakowski, Nathan Lane, Zachary Levi, Andrea Martin, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Rosie O’Donnell, Kelli O’Hara, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosie Perez, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Lillias White, Marissa Jaret Winokur, BD Wong. You can also view the People magazine cover tribute to the victims here.
On Sunday night, as theater artists celebrated this season’s achievements on Broadway at the 70th annual Tony Awards, some addressed the tragedy in several interviews, social media posts, and speeches. Here are some of the acknowledgments from a few of the song’s A-list stars:
When does this end? When do we demand a change? When do we finally wake up from this God awful nightmare? https://t.co/wJICoKBQ96
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) June 12, 2016
GO through these pictures. these are children of someone. friends to others. God loves us all! https://t.co/FOr9VvRj0K
— Heather Headley (@heatherheadley) June 13, 2016
The newly arranged song track will be available on Monday at BroadwayRecords.com. All of the proceeds will go to the LGBT Center of Central Florida. The song is currently available for preorder at $1.99. Join the rally for love as Broadway once again bands together as advocates of love and unity–two institutions shared and displayed widely among performers in tragic times–reminding us that what the world needs now is love.
Here’s a little preview!
WATCH: Cynthia Erivo & Leslie Odom Jr. in First Trailer for Harriet
Cynthia Erivo is Harriet Tubman in the film Harriet set to be released November 1st. She is joined by Broadway star Leslie Odom Jr. as abolitionist William Still, who helped Tubman organize her trips on the Underground Railroad. Music aficionado Janelle Monae also co-stars.
Kasi Lemmons directs the film in which she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard. Check out the trailer.
Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
A Look Inside CATS with Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba & More
Go behind the scenes for the first look at #CatsMovie.
CATS stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut. You’ll also see an appearance from Les Twins, most notably known from dancing alongside Beyoncé.
Featuring Lloyd Webber’s music and dancers under the leadership of Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), the film reimagines the musical for a new generation with spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles ranging from ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street to tap.
One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the stage musical “Cats” received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for 21 years and earned the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical.
In 1983, the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for an extraordinary 18 years. Since opening in London in 1981, “Cats” has continuously appeared on stage around the globe, to date having played to 81 million people in more than fifty countries and in nineteen languages. It is regarded as one of the most successful musicals of all time.